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Old 17-10-2017, 03:05   #1
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Multihull Crew Missing.

Sad news . The crew of a Privelege 48 Briseis are missing.

The catamaran has been located capsized.

Lets hope the crew are safe.

Texas Couple Who Threw Caution To The Winds And Tried To Outrace Powerful Hurricane Maria Feared Dead After Catamaran Found Capsized In Puerto Rico - Virgin Islands Free Press
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Old 17-10-2017, 04:33   #2
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Always sad to hear things like this. It seems this was nearly a month ago that this happened and there's no updates since which doesn't bode well.
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Old 17-10-2017, 15:13   #3
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V sad .
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Old 17-10-2017, 16:29   #4
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Re: Multihull Crew Missing.

This part of it is a little nuts:

"Sources close to the family said the couple took the risk because they survived a similar storm situation previously on the catamaran and that they were hoping to use the story of their survival after Hurricane Maria as a money-making venture from TV versions of their account."

So did they decide to sail toward the track of the hurricane instead of away?
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This part of it is a little nuts:

"Sources close to the family said the couple took the risk because they survived a similar storm situation previously on the catamaran and that they were hoping to use the story of their survival after Hurricane Maria as a money-making venture from TV versions of their account."

So did they decide to sail toward the track of the hurricane instead of away?
Geez...its unfortunate they (likely) died, but I just cant muster much sympathy for someone who (apparently) deliberately sets sail into the path of a hurricane.
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Old 17-10-2017, 18:10   #6
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Multihull Crew Missing.

It sounds like they were trying to outrun it, however I donít have a map to determine what they were trying to do.
However as it was four days from when they left to when the Boat was found, it ought not be too hard to determine if they were running from it or not.
Surely they were not so foolish as to sail into it.
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Old 17-10-2017, 18:19   #7
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Re: Multihull Crew Missing.

Well, some cats are advertised as being able to outrun hurricanes. Bad things happen to all kinds of boats--monos and multihulls and even ships-- who are driven too close to the paths of hurricanes.

I say the above style of advertising is certainly misleading. And, the decision to enter into the path of a hurricane to make money is irresponsible, imo.

Given the numbers of vessels lost this year in Atlantic storms, I'd like to read more of the good luck stories, myself.

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Given the numbers of vessels lost this year in Atlantic storms, I'd like to read more of the good luck stories, myself.
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Surely they were not so foolish as to sail into it.
Probably something more prosaic like deliberately flying too much sail.
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I want good seamanship reports.
Those don't generate ad click revenue though.
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So sad. Personally, I cringe whenever I hear anyone extol the ability of multihulls to "avoid" weather by virtue of their speed. We see the NOAA graphics' neat little cones, and note the subtexts saying that "hazardous conditions can exist outside of the cones;" but these systems are huge, and as tropical storms and hurricanes approach an area, seas build way in advance to a point where you're often looking to slow the cat DOWN, not speed it up. If we think we can always "run away" from a hurricane, how might that mindset affect our decision making and safety?
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This is interesting, since some folks have been quick to judge folks for not trying to sail out of harms way with enough hurricane warning...
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This is interesting, since some folks have been quick to judge folks for not trying to sail out of harms way with enough hurricane warning...

I think key point was "enough warning". I recall that they left Sep 19 and the islands got hit on Sep 20. 24 hours probably too short time frame to run away. Most of the people who successfully avoided hurricanes started a few days in advance
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This is interesting, since some folks have been quick to judge folks for not trying to sail out of harms way with enough hurricane warning...
I guess you're referring to folks like me.... who saw bad weather coming our way in Croatia last month, and got ahead of it 5 days before it hit. Nobody on that entire thread recommended leaving to outrun a hurricane with less than 24 hours till it hit. The recommendation was to pack up and leave to a safer place 4-5 days ahead of the storm, or to not be in hurricane country during the storm season to begin with... as in get out months in advance.
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So sad. Personally, I cringe whenever I hear anyone extol the ability of multihulls to "avoid" weather by virtue of their speed. We see the NOAA graphics' neat little cones, and note the subtexts saying that "hazardous conditions can exist outside of the cones;" but these systems are huge, and as tropical storms and hurricanes approach an area, seas build way in advance to a point where you're often looking to slow the cat DOWN, not speed it up. If we think we can always "run away" from a hurricane, how might that mindset affect our decision making and safety?


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